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— CALD and Lived Experience Leadership

World Wellness Group 
Multicultural lived experience framework. 
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The Australian culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) population is highly diverse. The journeys of migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum are vastly different. Their unique and shared experiences impact on the care they receive as health consumers.

Australian Multicultural Foundation 
How’s Your Haal?: A report on our community conversation project regarding the mental health and wellbeing of CaLD youth in WA. 
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The How’s Your Haal? Project is the WA chapter of a national youth leadership program administered by the Australian Multicultural Foundation (‘AMF’). In 2020 the Project hosted three community conversations and various online engagements with over 90 young people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) backgrounds on the subject of mental health.

Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) 
Intercultural Young Advocacy Leadership (IYAL) Group. 
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Ensuring the voices of young advocates have a platform for being heard and for participating in the improvement of public policy for future generations of culturally diverse community groups.

The Intercultural Young Advocacy Leaders (IYAL) program is a pathway for young people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to develop advocacy, governance and leadership experience. The two-year program also provides ECCV with advice and input on matters affecting CALD youth in Victoria, adding another important voice for multicultural Victoria.

Embrace Multicultural Mental Health (the Embrace Project) 
Embrace Multicultural Mental Health. 
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Embrace Multicultural Mental Health (the Embrace Project) is run by Mental Health Australia with funding provided by the Australian Government Department of Health. Mental Health Australia is partnering with the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia (FECCA), and the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) to deliver the project.

Desai, P. 
Leading by example. 
Australian Mosaic: The magazine of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia
Summer 2017, 32-34. 
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in 2013, Pritika and her peers founded the youth-led mental health movement, ShoutOut!, a project of Multicultural Youth NT. ShoutOut! is run by young people, for young people between the ages of 15 and 28.The project empowers young people to change community perceptions of mental illness and advocate for more relevant services.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum and the National Primary Health Network Mental Health Lived Experience Engagement Network acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waters on which we work and live on across Australia. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

Definition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience

“A lived experience recognises the effects of ongoing negative historical impacts and or specific events on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It encompasses the cultural, spiritual, physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of the individual, family or community.

“People with lived or living experience of suicide are those who have experienced suicidal thoughts, survived a suicide attempt, cared for someone through a suicidal crisis, been bereaved by suicide or having a loved one who has died by suicide, acknowledging that this experience is significantly different and takes into consideration Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ways of understanding social and emotional wellbeing.” - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre

We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to this site and invite them to provide any feedback or items for inclusion.

Recognition of Lived Experience

We also recognise people with lived and living experience of mental ill-health and recovery and the experience of people who are carers, families, kin, or supporters.


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